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Cody Has Lewis’ Imagination Running Free

Ray Lewis feels he will have more space to run around after adding Terrence Cody.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, May 7th, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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When the Ravens drafted mammoth defensive tackle Terrence Cody in the second round, Ray Lewis was indeed smiling just as Baltimore’s front office predicted.

Lewis didn’t feel he needed to bulk up this offseason to better shed blockers. He could get back to the streamlined Ray Lewis of the old, the unchained Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis.

“My mindset definitely changed when we drafted Cody,” Lewis said Friday. “Just imaging Cory Redding, Cody, [Haloti] Ngata and [Terrell] Suggs on one line. I think I get to run around and have fun again, and that’s always a good thing.”

There have already been comparisons made between Cody and Ngata and the Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams pairing of 2000.  Siragusa and Adams were two behemoths who ate blocks for lunch, allowing Lewis to reign relatively free in one of the greatest defenses of all time.

Since Siragusa and Adams’ retirement, Baltimore hasn’t had a pair of tackles that large. Kelly Gregg has been a tackling machine for the Ravens during his tenure, but weighs 315 pounds compared to Cody’s current 350-plus.

Thus Lewis is preparing for a different kind of season this year. This offseason, the Ravens’ defensive chief took up the martial art of Kenpo. Lewis said it will help improve his flexibility.

“I’m not fitting to go into mixed martial arts or nothing like that,” Lewis said with a laugh. “I don’t like getting hit in the face and all that. It’s good because it’s a different type of work and it really teaches discipline in the mind.”

Lewis, who would have had an uncontested blitzing sack had the Ravens been playing with contact Monday morning, is currently sitting at 252 pounds. He looked fast as usual (although he laughed when he couldn’t catch Ray Rice on an out pattern) and said he would like to stay at that weight throughout the season.

“Every year I’m always trying to find a different way to take my body through confusion, and I did a great job with it,” Lewis said. “Now I’m sitting at a nice weight that I like that I’m very comfortable at right now.”

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